Emptying out the notebook:
— Davante Adams is out this week and maybe more with a toe injury.
— Josh Allen sustained a concussion, so check the inactive list Sunday.
— John Ross will miss a ‘few weeks’.
— Christian Kirk is doubtful for Week 5 with an ankle.
— Stephen Gostkowski has been placed on the IR.
— Byes: Lions and Dolphins.
— The week kicks off Thursday with Rams at Seahawks.
— The week closes out Monday with Browns at 49ers.
Ravens Fantasy Player of the Week
Mark Ingram: It is obvious that the Ravens defense is bad. If they want to win in Pittsburgh, they need to keep their defense off the field. The best way to do that? Feed Ingram 20 or more times. Averaging 6 ypc, he is in line for over 100 yards and 2 scores.
QB (QB ranked lower then 12th): Jimmy Garoppolo: Kyle Shanahan and Jimmy G clean up any issues the offense was having early on and exploit the Browns banged up secondary. I really like this match-up with the 49ers coming off the bye and Cleveland going on the road for the second straight week.
RB (RB ranked lower then 24th): Duke Johnson: The Falcons always, always have a hard time covering a pass-catching RB, making Johnson a prime candidate to have a big week in PPR.
WR (WR ranked lower then 24th): Marquez Valdes-Scantling: MVS is second on the team in rec, targets and yards. With Adams out at least this week, his numbers should significantly increase making him a WR1 this week.
TE (TE ranked lower then 12th): Tyler Eifert: Technically he is in the top 12 (11th ranked), but due to all his injuries, we seem to forget about him. The Cards defense is well, not very good, and they seem to allow TEs to score every week.
DEF: Kansas City
QB (QB ranked in the top 12th): Jacoby Brissett: Not sure how he is ranked ahead of Rivers, Goff and others this week. But there is no way Brissett is a QB1, going on the road for a night game against the Chiefs. While I love what he has done this year, this is not the week to start him.
RB (RB ranked in the top 24th): Derrick Henry: The Bills are allowing just 84 yards on the ground, and even that number is inflated due to Saquon Barkley gashing them for over 100. Outside of that one game, no other RB has eclipsed 65 yards or found the end zone.
WR (WR ranked in the top 24th): Sterling Shepard: Yes, I like Daniel Jones a lot, but he gets his first real test against a stout Vikings defense. The Vikes are allowing just 219 yards in the air this year and I don’t see the Giants bucking that trend. The return of Golden Tate can only hurt Shepard going forward.
TE (TE ranked in the top 12th): Delanie Walker: The Bills are the number one defense against TEs this year and coming off a one-catch performance against a less than average Atlanta defense last week. Walker is a hard pass this week.
(Fliers, buy week fill-ins, free agents or guys on your bench who should start this week)
QB: Kirk Cousins: How is Cousins on the sleepers list? Because he has done nothing all year. This could be his breakout party. Cousins is a Top-12 play this week against a horrible Giants defense.
RB: Austin Ekeler: Ekeler is here due to Melvin Gordon going back into the starting line-up. I just don’t see Gordon immediately going back to being the bell-cow ‘back. Ekeler has value, especially this week.
WR: Robby Anderson: The Eagles secondary has been brutal to watch this year. And yes, I know the Jets are on their 3rd QB, but they will still throw the ball. Anderson is a good play, with a chance at 100 yards.
TE: Dawson Knox: He has averaged 11.5 points over the past two weeks. Knox is a cheap option in DFS and we all know Dean Pees defenses tend to allow TEs to go uncovered.